Chemical treatments are option for bed bug control

With bed bug outbreaks making the news, many homeowners are now discovering the signs of infestation and finding that they, too, are victims of the pests. Once the bugs are identified in a home or business, they are very difficult to get rid of without the aid of a pest eradication service.

There are many effective and viable options for bed bug control and eradication, but one of the most widely-used methods is the use of chemicals. Eradication using chemical sprays requires many different precautions as well as preparation of the area to be treated before treatment, so it is best to choose a service to perform the spraying to be sure all steps are performed properly.

A pest company will provide a list of instructions on what should be done prior to chemical treatment, and these instructions must be followed exactly to ensure the most complete bed bug eradication possible. The list will include such items as washing clothes, linens, pillows and any other fabric item in the home and sealing them inside bags, as well as removing wall decorations and window coverings.

Chemical treatment is effective, yet in most cases requires more than one treatment to totally eradicate the bed bugs. Pesticides used by a commercial dealer, or by a homeowner, will likely get rid of only the bed bugs present on the first pass. Another treatment must be scheduled 10 to 14 days later in order to assure that any newly-hatched bed bugs are also killed. A total of three to five treatments with chemicals is a common occurrence in order to fully control and eradicate a bed bug infestation.

This is necessary because the chemicals used to treat bed bugs, which can include dusts, powders, liquid and aerosol sprays, have little to no residual effect and therefore will be ineffective on a new crop of bed bugs. Areas that are treated should not be washed or steamed until all treatments have been completed. Among the chemicals most commonly used for bed bug eradication are natural or synthetic pyrethrins, inorganic materials like diatomaceous earth or boric acid and insect growth regulators like hydroprene.

While chemical eradication is not the most natural option available for controlling bed bugs, it is safe when performed by a professional. Call local exterminators who specialize in bed bug eradication to find out more about the processes and chemicals they use, and make an informed decision on bed bug control.